Hi all, I have been commuting daily since I got my L's (mid 0 through my P's and now on my unrestricted license. Occasionally I got a little cocky and changed lanes too closely to the cars around me and had to say to myself outloud 'That was stupid, Christian' and it was. Last thursday, stuck in traffic, I had a quick glance over my left shoulder and quickly changed lanes to get away from this slow truck, the problem was that the car in the left lane had stopped to allow a van to change lanes ahead of them. I wasn't going fast (slightly above walking speed-ish) and ran into the back of them. We pulled over and exchanged details, my forks are ok and there was a small scuff on their rear bar. I got back on my bike and rode to work... Then it all came crashing down on me.. What if this happened, what if that happened.. Suddenly, with a crashing blow, I landed back on the ground and realised that while I have said to myself several times in the past that what I just did was silly, this time I had a get out of jail free card; I'm ok, the bike is ok, the car and its occupants are ok... I have been so thankful that it happened to me because it was just the slap-around-the-chops wake up call that I needed. I dont care if the lane i am in is going slowly, i'll make a safe and calculated lane change when I can and no sooner. Just thought I'd share that. My rides to work ever since have been much more civil, but surprisingly no slower (door to door). Just because the other lane is moving faster at this particular time, doesnt mean you need to drop everything to get in it.